San Luis Central Railroad Company SLC #696
Nature of Firm
SLC operates freight service from a connection with San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad (SLRG) at Monte Vista, CO to Center, CO (13 miles). SLRG handles the traffic from Monte Vista to a connection with UP at Walensburg, CO. Traffic includes grain, potatoes and fertilizer.
The company was incorporated February 19, 1913. The first portion of the line opened in September 1913 to haul sugar beets to an on-line processing mill. Beet growing did not prove popular with local farmers, and the facility soon closed. Other agricultural crops including potatoes, barley, wheat, peas and lettuce are grown in the fertile San Luis Valley. Passenger service ended in 1937. Pea Vine Corp acquired the entire capital stock from the estate of the railroad’s founder in 1969.